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Hampton had a blood alcohol level twice the legal limit, police say | Local crime and courts

Bears Hall of Fame defensive lineman and radio host Dan Hampton had an open jug of wine in his truck and had a blood alcohol level twice the legal limit when he was pulled over by an officer Winfield police on Nov. 20, according to charging documents.

Hampton, three miles from his home in Winfield, told officers he drank five beers at a friend’s house in Lowell, documents show. Later, at the hospital, he learned that his blood alcohol level was 0.189. The legal limit in Indiana is 0.08.

“That’s really high,” he whispered, before an officer took him to jail, documents show.

Hampton was formally charged with three misdemeanor counts related to drunken exploitation late last week. With the higher sentence, he could face up to a year in prison and/or fines of up to $5,000.

Hampton, 64, posted $2,500 bond, court records show. The court recommended suspending his driver’s license. His next court appearance will be on January 25 before Judge Julie Cantrell.

He is represented by Matthew Fech and Paul Stracci. Fech declined to comment on Monday.

An officer stopped Hampton’s black Chevrolet truck on the 11700 block of Iowa Street just before 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 20 while driving 68 mph in a 40 mph zone, court documents show.

The officer smelled alcohol when Hampton rolled down the window, he wrote in a report, and found a silver YETI mug with red liquid in the cup holder and a 128-ounce jug of Carlo Rossi wine that was a quarter empty, the affidavit states.

Hampton tried to search for his papers for two minutes, according to the affidavit. He handed the officer an Illinois gun owner’s ID card, saying “that should do the trick,” documents show. He appeared to have bloodshot eyes and had speech difficulties, the officer wrote in the probable cause affidavit.

He told the policeman that he was going home. Hampton prepared to exit the truck and walked with an “unsteady balance”, rocking from side to side, the officer wrote.

The officer began field sobriety tests. Hampton refused to take a chemical test and called his son to pick up his truck, the documents show.

When asked if he drank wine while driving, he said he didn’t remember, according to documents. The officer took him to Franciscan Health Crown Point, where he obtained a warrant for a blood test from a judge at 9:30 p.m. through the Lake County prosecutor’s office.

Known to fans as “Danimal”, Hampton played for the Bears from 1979 to 1990, including the 1985 Super Bowl championship team and is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He hosts “The Hamp and O’B” on WGN Radio with former Bears Ed O’Bradovich, Glen Kozlowski and host Mark Carman.

He was charged with driving a vehicle with a specified amount of alcohol in the body, a class A misdemeanor, driving while intoxicated endangering a person, both class A misdemeanors, and driving while intoxicated, a class C misdemeanor.

Hampton was previously arrested for drunk driving in 2002 in Arkansas, days before he was elected to the NFL Hall of Fame. He served a week in jail and was fined $1,000, according to CNN. He also had alcohol-related arrests in 1996 and 1997, according to media reports.